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Reclaiming History Audiobook

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.
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Publisher's Summary

Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history.

Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

The brilliant prosecutor of Charles Manson and the man who forged an ironclad case of circumstantial guilt around O. J. Simpson in his best-selling Outrage, Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of "prosecuting" Oswald for the murder of President Kennedy. Reclaiming History is a narrative compendium of fact, ballistic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud upon the American public.

Bugliosi's irresistible logic, relentless pursuit of the truth, and command of the evidence shed fresh light on this American nightmare, providing a new understanding of what did and did not happen in Dallas on November 22, 1963. At last we know what really happened. At last it all makes sense.

©2007 Vincent Bugliosi. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Vincent Bugliosi is an American master of common sense, a punishing advocate and a curmudgeonly refreshing voice of reason....With this work, Bugliosi has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America. It is a book for the ages." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    Nicola Davis, CA, USA 05-16-09
    Nicola Davis, CA, USA 05-16-09
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    "JFK assasination through the eyes of a prosecutor"

    Bugliosi analyzes the JFK assassination using as if it were a simple murder investigation basing his conclusions on facts and not speculation. He lays out a complete time line of the day of the murder, provides motives and evidence for Lee Harvey Oswald being the lone assassin, and shows that conspiracy theorist often rely on long debunked false information on which to base their outlandish claims. The only complaint is that the audio book is abridged.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Art MARATHON, TX, United States 05-29-13
    Art MARATHON, TX, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "There was no conspiracy"
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    After believing for over 45 years there was a conspiracy to kill president Kennedy, I got this book. It debunks all the B S theories that Oliver Stone, Jim Garrison, and Robert Groden profess, as well as all of the other hack writers that keep the conspiracy theories going for money. Plain common sense with these facts make it so obvious that Oswald acted alone and Ruby acted alone. I was 9 years old when this happened, and finally I know the truth.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Adlam Hamilton, Waikato New Zealand 12-10-15
    Robert Adlam Hamilton, Waikato New Zealand 12-10-15
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    "Disappointed with content"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was very disappointed that there is substantial parts of the Hardcover copy's content missing from the audio version of this book.


    Would you recommend Reclaiming History to your friends? Why or why not?

    Although there is content missing I would recommend this book to many of my friends.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    The narrator Edward Herrmann does a superb job reading the content.


    Any additional comments?

    I initially wished to purchase the Kindle version of this book to complement my hardcover copy of the title. Unfortunately I am unable to purchase this title in e-book format in NZ, so I was pleased to have access to this audio version. I wonder if the Kindle version is also missing some of the text like this audio version??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 08-05-15
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 08-05-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Comprehensive with amazing detail"

    I have read a lot around this subject, but this book really fills in so much detail around the events. The painstaking detail is so comprehensive that this must be THE book for a blow-by-blow account of the day. Absolutely fascinating and well presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BGBandita Jackson, NJ United States 06-26-15
    BGBandita Jackson, NJ United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "the definitive jfk book"

    straightforward, thorough, meticulously rational. a clear, concise detailing of the entire event and a spectacular dressing down of the conspiracy theorists. brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Peabody, MA, United States 06-26-15
    Cathy Peabody, MA, United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "The Truth with Evidence"

    If you are an intelligent human who truly wants to learn what really happened on November 22, 1963, then I recommend you read this compelling book. It is long, and there are some parts of it that may boarder on the tedious, but I would say that 95% of this listen is mesmerizing. Bugliosi not only lays out the facts, he also argues, as any intelligent lawyer would do, to convince his readers that both Oswald and Ruby acted alone over that awful weekend. His arguments are logical, sensical, supported by irrefutable evidence, and thoroughly convincing. He even takes the time to go through just about every fragment of every conspiracy theory that exists, and patiently explain why those theories do not and cannot hold up. An excellent and refreshing listen, totally devoid of bs. Again, if you really want the truth, and you are possessed of common sense, give this a listen. In the end, you will wonder how Oliver Stone can sleep at night. Yes, it is hard to accept that someone as inconsequential as Oswald could, without much planning, take down someone as consequential as Kennedy. And yet it happened. Sometimes it is exactly what it looks like. Life is bizarre and unpredictable, and often tragic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Schweitzer Saskatchwean, Canada 04-25-15
    Simon Schweitzer Saskatchwean, Canada 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Strong"

    I like conspiracy theories although I don't often buy into them so usually I would be more inclined towards that kind of book. This is not the kind of book but out was very very good. If you are interested at all in the jfk assassination this is required reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States 04-19-15
    Kenneth WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States 04-19-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Voluminous and Detailed, but Highly Biased"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reclaiming History to be better than the print version?

    I have no way of knowing this.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Vincent Bugliosi? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with no faith in his objectivity


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    In progress (Teddy Roosevelt but Doris Kearns Goodwin)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    In the first part of his book, Bugliosi provides a fast paced, detailed narrative of the official Warren Report version of the JFK assassination. Unfortunately, the rest of the book exposes his huge bias in favor of the official version, and his equally huge contempt for anyone who does not wholeheartedly accept that version. His bias causes him to do exactly the same thing that he castigates the conspiracy theorists for doing: cherry-picking any evidence that supports his theories while ignoring or dismissing everything else. He also raises several issues that he then ignores, including: 1). The assassin on the 6th floor was staring intently at the grassy knoll until shortly before taking his firing position as the motorcade came around the corner; 2). The "escape" route by Oswald that initially took him a number of blocks in the opposite direction from his boarding house; 3). the mysterious phone calls to law enforcement officials warning that Oswald would be killed shortly before Oswald was actually killed; 4). The FBI's destruction of a letter from Oswald. Moreover, he oversimplifies the possibilities, concluding that because there was no evidence of a government conspiracy, then there could have been no conspiracy of any origin, and that because one bullet hit JFK in the rear of his head, then no other shots could also have been fired from the front. Furthermore, he blindly trusts the completeness and veracity of all testimony and evidence from every government source while making the gross blunder of repeatedly confusing the "absence of evidence" with "evidence of absence" in his numerous assertions that no relevant facts could possibly remain hidden for fifty years. So anyone who wants a good overview of the official version of the JFK assassination should simply listen to the first part of this book and skip the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 01-09-15
    Richard 01-09-15
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    "Extremely convincing case that Oswald acted alone"

    The best part was the last chapter. He goes through 32 reasons why Oswald had to be the lone assassin who acted alone. At least 10 of these reasons are 100% proof that it couldn't have been any other way.

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    Looky Lou Boston MA 09-26-14
    Looky Lou Boston MA 09-26-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Totally engrossing"

    An incredibly well-researched book, lucidly laid out.

    If you subscribe to conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, this book is not for you. However, if you want a detailed account of the movements of the various individuals involved in the shooting -- this is the definitive account, short of going through the Warren Commission Report.

    I must confess that I lost interest in the last third of the book because it deals with rebutting the various conspiracy theories. This is in now way the author's fault -- conspiracy theories bore me.

    I recommend pairing this book with William Manchester's Death of a President which largely deals with the assassination from the point of view of the victim and his family, friends, and aides. Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History is more of a crime procedural in that it devotes a great deal of time to the event, pursuit, and apprehension of the assassin. The result of this pairing is a vivid portrait of a shocking and confounding event that has managed to leave an indelible mark on the American psyche.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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